As expected and after two days of debate, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved by a vote of 245-189 the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (H.R. 2), legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. Although the vote was largely along party lines, Reps. Dan Boren (D-OK), Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Mike Ross (D-AR) broke rank and voted in favor of the bill. Despite its passage, the repeal legislation has little to no chance of becoming law this session. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said he has no plans to consider the bill in that chamber – which still enjoys a slim Democratic majority – and President Obama has stated that he would veto any efforts to repeal the health care law. Wednesday’s House vote, therefore, was largely symbolic and likely a means to gain momentum for more piecemeal reform. Continue reading this entry at Littler’s Healthcare Employment Counsel.
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